Vasile Bumacov, Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry of Moldova, has asked the Parliament to express its stand on a draft law providing for the construction of an agro-food center.
In an interview with Infotag, the minister said that the draft law was submitted to the Parliament two years ago, but has not been examined so far.
„I do know why the examination of this draft law, which is very important for the country’s agro-food sector and its economy, is being postponed. I have discussed with the representatives of the parliamentary commission for agriculture and food industry and I was told that the draft law would be included on the agenda of the parliamentary session. Yet, no one has told me when this will happen,” Bumacov said.
The minister said that the construction of the center was due to start in September 2010, and that the facility had to be put into operation before July 1, 2011.
„Because of the Parliament’s delay, farmers have to face the same problems in 2012 – the lack of sale places. Thus, they sell their production in the streets, near the central market, amid cars. It would be much better to sell agricultural goods on a large market provided with refrigerators, special storages and appropriate conditions. Over the past year, five wholesale markets have been built in Ukraine,” Bumacov said.
According to the minister, the agro-food center will cover an area of 22.5 hectares in Chisinau and will be located near the Agricultural University. Subsequently, similar markets are to be built at district level. The markets will be provided with the needed infrastructure that will facilitate exports, such as industrial cold-storage plants, packaging lines, laboratories and a customs terminal.
“We hope that the Parliament will pass the draft bill, which has been elaborated during one year. When everything is ready for implementation, it would be unfair to be deprived of the state’s support. In this case, we will start looking for new investors. We already have had some, but they refused to continue the cooperation with us, since the adoption of the law has been protracted,” Bumacov said.
The minister has previously said that about 640 million euros will be necessary for the construction of the agro-food center.